90-year old Hershel McGriff makes NASCAR history - Tucson News Now

90-year old Hershel McGriff makes NASCAR history

TUCSON, AZ -

“The Legend” Hershel McGriff, at age 90-years old, became the oldest driver to ever race in the NASCAR-sanctioned event Saturday when he competed in the first of the K&N West Pro Series Twin 100 events at Tucson Speedway.

The night included three generations of McGriffs racing on the same track as Hershel McGriff Jr. drove the #18 Outlaw Late Model and granddaughter Mariah Ann McGriff raced a double dip in the #8 Super Late Model and #8 Pro Stock cars. 

McGriff Sr. raced the #04K&N West car sponsored by South Point Casino finishing in 18th place in the first Twin 100 of the evening. McGriff opted not to race the 2nd 100-miles event.

Kody Vanderwal won both races, the 2nd and 3rd of the year for the series.

Vanessa Robinson had the best day of the Tucson Speedway veterans. The 2015 track Rookie of the Year placed fifth and sixth in the Twin 100s.

Port of Tucson teammates Matt Levin and Ron Norman are in their fourth season driving the K&N West Pro Series.

Levin finished 12th in both races while Norman was 13th and 10th. Norman actually led the 2nd race at the 25-lap mark.

16-year old Hailie Deegan placed 8th in each run.

On the local side, Brandon Farrington continued his domination over Super Late Model division. He beat Paul Banghart and Brandon Schilling.

Racing legend, Ron Hornaday Jr. served as the Grand Marshal for Saturday night’s event. 

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